Ukrainian railways limit exports of some staple foods, consultancy says

Ears of wheat are seen in a field near the village of Hrebeni in Kyiv region, Ukraine July 17, 2020. Picture taken July 17, 2020. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko/File Photo

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KYIV, April 16 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s state-owned railway company has temporarily restricted the transport of some agricultural goods across borders to Poland and Romania, consultancy APK-Inform said on Saturday.

He gave no reason for the restrictions.

Ukraine, a major agricultural producer, used to export most of its goods through seaports, but since the Russian invasion has been forced to export by rail through its western border.

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APK-Inform said restrictions on the movement of goods to Poland via Yahodyn were put in place from April 16 to April 18.

There are also restrictions on the transport of grains, oilseeds, seeds and other food products through Izov to the Polish towns of Hrubeszew and Slawkov.

From April 16 until further notice, there are restrictions on the export of grain and seeds to Romania through the Dyakovo and Vadul-Siret crossing points, the consultancy said.

The train company was not available for immediate comment.

Ukrainian Agriculture Minister Mykola Solskyi said this week that the main task of the ministry is to find other ways to export Ukrainian grain. The country has millions of tons of various commodities available for export.

Solskyi also said that 1.25 million tons of grains and oilseeds were on commercial ships stuck in Ukrainian seaports and could soon deteriorate.

Before the war, Ukraine exported up to 6 million tons of grains and oilseeds per month. In March, exports fell to 200,000 tonnes.

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Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; Editing by Christina Fincher

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